What’s in a name??


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Best Character Names

This week I’ve chosen character names that have become household names:

Bilbo Baggins – Tolkien had such great names but I’m sure everybody has heard of Bilbo and his adventures.  This name has a quaint, homely feel to it somehow much like Merry and Pippin.

Sherlock Holmes – this is an unusual name that fits the character perfectly somehow.   It’s become synonymous with detecting.

Bellatrix Lestrange – the beauty of this name is it almost sounds like a character description doesn’t it – she was certainly a bit (or a lot) strange or maybe just totally insane.

Han Solo – there’s something about this name.  He’s a memorable character and so many people have had a crush on him – Han could almost be short for handsome and Solo – says something about his roguish bachelor status until he fell for the Princess.

Frankenstein – a name very much associated with monsters.

Count Dracula – similar to the above – you can’t think of this name without thinking of vampires.

Hannibal Lecter – it sounds like a creepy name, although I realise that’s probably just because of the book and the film – but ‘Hannibal the Cannibal’ does sort of stick in your brain!

Bigwig from Watership Down – I had to choose him.  I loved the fact that in the animation he looked like he was actually wearing a hairpiece.

Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz – you have to love that her last name is Gale – meaning a strong wind, and of course she is carried off to a fictional fantasy land by a tornado.

So, are there any names here that you’re not familiar with…. curious minds, etc, etc.

And, you may have noticed my list has nine names – which leaves a slot for you to tell me your favourite character name.




15 Responses to “What’s in a name??”

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Great list. One of my favorite names is from the Veronica Speedwell historical mysteries – Stoker. It fits the character perfectly. I love you twist on this week’s topic.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks, Stoker, that’s an interesting name. I haven’t read any of the Veronica Speedwell books but I’m sure I bought the first one recently.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Carmen

    I don’t know Bigwig, but do the others, at least not personally (thank goodness!) because Frankenstein, Dracula and Bellatrix are better acquainted with from afar. 😉

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I’m reading Order of the Phoenix to my kid before bed these days, so the name Bellatrix Lestrange has been on my mind. It’s a really great name that just screams “CRAZY VILLAIN LADY”, love it!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It really does doesn’t it. I love JKRowling’s character names.
      And, you get to enjoy the books all over again.
      Lynn 😀

  4. jessicabookworm

    Great list Lynn! I also have Bellatrix Lestrange on my list and before I went for my Harry Potter theme, I was considering Sherlock Holmes and Bilbo Baggins too. In the free slot in your list, I would put Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore 😀

  5. sjhigbee

    Draco Malfoy and Dumbledore… I think Rowling takes a LOT of beating in naming names – other than Charles Dickens – Uriah Heep and Wilkins Micawber being two of my favourites:))

    • @lynnsbooks

      And not forgetting Pip and Miss Haversham.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Indeed! Miss Haversham in particular…

  6. bkfrgr

    So weird, I was thinking of doing a post on great character names!
    What a great list – I think Rowling is the queen of great character names. Frances Hardinge too comes out with some corkers (Eponymous Clent is my current favourite of hers). And China Mieville has some good ones too: Lemuel Pigeon, Bentham Rudgutter, Montague Vermishank … 😀 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I haven’t read either of those authors although I fully intend to do so. Any favourite starting places that you recommend?

  7. bkfrgr

    Oh my goodness, yes! Mieville’s ‘Kraken’ was my starting point and I’d recommend that to anyone wanting to read him – it’s his take on an urban fantasy kind of thing (minus romance … I don’t do romance).

    Hardinge – I’ve only read ‘Fly By Night’ so far, which is just brilliant. But I’ve read some really good things about ‘Skinful of Shadows’, her most recent book, too … which is on my library book stack right now.

    And obviously, I totally want to know what you think when/if you give these authors a go! 😀

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